The New Year is an exciting time as it resonates with everyone differently, for me, it’s time to look at my home with a fresh perspective. I go through the exercise of walking my house, and I consider what I would change and what could I remove? If you go through this process, ask yourself, “What is the thing that bothers me the most?”
It’s a New Year, do you find yourself thinking, “Time for a fresh start … time to get my ducks in a row!” The first step in any redesign or re-imagining of space is to remove clutter and get organized. I am involved in the NAPO organization and have had the opportunity to work with many wonderful organizers in the Philadelphia area. The key to long-term organization is to have a system that will work for you and your family. Often this task is larger than we have the time or energy to handle. In those situations, I highly recommend a Professional Organizer. I recently asked Daniel Loya, Owner of Spaces Transformed to answer a few questions to help my readers glean a better understanding of the options available.
When do people contact organizers? People who are losing time, space, and money due to clutter or disorganization contact me. Also, people who have projects related to organizing reach out to me. Some examples are: preparing for the Holidays, taking inventory of possessions for insurance, preparing emergency kits for disasters, etc.
How long does it take? Small organizing projects usually take a few hours. Big projects like unpacking a home can take weeks.
Will it require a lot of work from me? Organizing does take time and commitment. I work one-on-one with my clients, and the results of saving time and money (and gaining space) are always well worth the time invested.
Do you pack for people who are moving? Do you unpack? Yes, I do pack and unpack people who are moving. If the job is very large, I bring in other organizers to help with the project.
Do I get to be home? Not only do you get to be home, you get to work with me during the collaborative organizing process. This way I can achieve skill transfer so you can implement new organization systems that work for you.
How much does it cost? The cost depends on a variety of factors such as the hourly rate ($60/hour) vs. package rate (10% off), distance traveled (if my client lives more than an hour from my office), etc.
There are lots of organizers out there, what is your specialty? My specialty is working with busy professionals in the Center City area. We work mostly in their homes and offices, creating systems for paper flow, de-cluttering, downsizing, and space optimizing. Even though the bulk of my clients are working professionals, I also work with seniors, families with children, and other categories of clients.
Once I am organized, do you have a maintenance or tune-up service? I do offer maintenance sessions (often at discounted rates) so systems I set up with my clients can be maintained.
For more information on help with a room redesign, home staging, or any interior decorating needs, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com.
Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+.
Selling a home in today’s market is no easy task! However, home staging has proven to help the seller! Did you know that homes will sell 78% faster and for 15% more than homes that are not staged.
A properly staged home is set up to appeal to the greatest number of buyers and help the buyer visualize living in the home. One of the best sales techniques in selling a home is to place the furniture in the best location based on the architecture and function of the room.
If you do this properly, it eliminates the question of “Honey where will we put our couch.” A well staged home helps the buyer to visualize them self living in the home.
There are a few simple things you can do to start the process of staging your home.
The first thing you must address before staging your home is clutter. Do you have any clutter?
If you look like you have outgrown the house then prospective buyers may think the home is too small for them. De-cluttering a home is a must. Sometimes, people don’t always realize their home has a clutter problem. Here are a few things to think about. When you open your closets can you see the floors? Can you see some of the back wall of the closet? How about when you open your kitchen cupboards are things falling out? How is your basement? Attic? Could you move it tomorrow if you had to? Go through each room and pack anything that you don’t need immediately. Don’t store it in the garage, rent a storage facility and store the items until you have time to organize. A clutter-free home is an attractive home. If you don’t have time to organize now, buy some boxes and pack the clutter. (This should be your very last resort!)
Kitchens and Bathrooms
Kitchens and bathrooms are strong selling areas of your home. Buyers often say they bought a home because they loved the kitchen. Pack away any clutter in the kitchen. You can mini upgrade your kitchen by replacing kitchen and light fixtures, knobs and paint. If you want to mini update the bathroom, try buying new towels, shower curtains and rugs.
Objectively look at the paint/wallpaper/flooring in your home.
Is it more than 5 years old? Is your paint very taste specific? Remember you want to appeal to the greatest number of buyers. It may be worth painting the interior of your home a neutral color that will appeal to anyone’s tastes. Wallpaper tends to be very taste specific and should be considered coming down. How about the carpeting? Is it customer specific or outdated? Are there wood floors under the carpet that should be exposed?
Exterior of your home
How does the exterior of your home look? Does it look manicured? Is it inviting enough for me to want to even get out of the car and go inside? Cut the grass, trim the trees/bushes, add some mulch and lots of colorful flowers. How are the screens and gutters?
Walk your home using all your senses. What do you see, hear and smell. You may want to have a home inspector come out and inspect your home before you even put it on the market.
You only get one chance to make an impression with a buyer and you want to get it right! If you cannot be objective then ask someone else to walk your home and be honest with you. You may want to consider hiring a professional stager who will not only be honest with you but will also help you accomplish all that has to be done to properly stage the home to appeal to the right buyer.